There was an average of 13,311 unemployed people in the Wichita metropolitan area in the first quarter of 2016, approximately 46 percent of whom collected unemployment insurance benefits.1 In the second quarter of 2016, there were approximately 6,120 people, age 16 and over, who collected unemployment insurance benefits. That is a decrease of approximately nine percent from the first quarter of 2016.
In the first quarter of 2016, four industries accounted for 56 percent of unemployment insurance beneficiaries in the Wichita area; manufacturing, construction, administrative and support and waste management and remediation services, and health care and social assistance. Of these industries, manufacturing and health care and social assistance have a proportionately low level of unemployment insurance beneficiaries, when compared to total employment. Construction and administrative and support services have a proportionately high level on unemployment insurance beneficiaries.